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3 Books With Neil Pasricha

May 4, 2019

3 Books is a completely insane and totally epic 15-year-long quest to uncover the 1000 most formative books in the world. Each chapter is hosted live and in-person at the guest's preferred location by Neil Pasricha, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation. Each chapter of 3 Books uncovers and discusses the three most formative books from one of the world's most inspiring people. Sample guests include: Judy Blume, David Sedaris, Chris Anderson of TED, and the world's greatest Uber driver. Each of the 333 chapters is dropped on the exact minute of every new moon and full moon until September 1, 2031. 3 Books is an Apple "Best Of" award-winning show as well as the world's only podcast by and for book lovers, writers, makers, sellers... and librarians. For more info check out: 

Mark Manson is the New York Times and international bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, with over 6 million in sales in the US alone. His blog,, attracts more than two million readers per month. Mark just released a brand new book titled Everything is F*cked: A Story About Hope, and will be publishing another book, Will Smith's memoir, later this year.

Chapter Description:

Have you by chance heard of a book called The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck?

I’m guessing you have since it’s sold, oh, no big deal, over six million copies over the past three years in the US alone. Is there a bigger book in the world right now? No. There is not. And there hasn’t been a non-fiction book this big and this disruptive in a long, long time… So: Is Mark Manson a one-hit wonder? A one-trick pony? Was the success of his book a total random fluke? His fifteen minutes of fame?

I’m gonna say it straight up.


Absolutely not.

Mark’s first book, and it’s meteoric success, is the ultimate product of an unbelievably large mind which has mastered the art of taking the biggest, densest books on the planet and then simmering, simmering, and simmering them down into beautifully simple, profanity-laced models and stories that hit you like a ton of bricks.

The world is so loud! So busy. So full. Everything is screaming at us to buy this, buy that, do this, do that. And you know what we need in this wild crazy world? We need guides. We need clear voices. We need people to give us simple and practical advice that we can follow and put into place…

Mark Manson is one of those guides for me and millions of others.

So in his cramped hotel room at The Drake Hotel in Toronto, on the eve of his release of his second book Everything is Fucked: A Book About Hope (which is mind-expandingly beautiful), Mark and I go deep, really deep, on how to build trust in an era of clutter, why he swears so much in his writing, why he poo-poos self-help gurus, what is the root problem with the “advertising model”, why Mark played video games for months straight after the success of his first book, and what his writing routines and principles are…

Welcome to Chapter 28 with Mark Manson.


  • Why is it important to be selfish when it comes to your writing?
  • Why is swearing an important form of self expression?

  • What is the root problem with the “advertising model”?

  • How do we make the most of our time in our short, tiny lives?

  • How are science and spirituality interrelated?

  • How does knowledge from ancient philosophers relate to modern psychology?

  • How do we choose the path that’s most aligned with our morals instead of most profitable?

  • Why is there no such thing as atheism?

  • Why do we need to be more comfortable with quitting?

  • How can you chew on and digest huge, complicated topics?

  • Why should you consider unfollowing all news?

  • How can you read more without losing your free time?

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